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    Chili’s Grill & Bar to enable Android Pay at the table

    May 24th, 2016

    Customers of Chili’s Grill & Bar across the US will soon be able to pay for orders through Android Pay by tapping their phone against a pay-at-the-table tablet from Ziosk. The new functionality, which was unveiled at Google I/O, will be available in all of the chain’s restaurants from the third quarter of 2016. “Additionally, Chili’s guests can effortlessly enroll, login and access My Chili’s Rewards via Android wallet to leverage loyalty points and mobile payment for future restaurant visits,” Ziosk says.

    Starbucks to take mobile payments and rewards to India

    May 23rd, 2016

    Starbucks is to launch its mobile payment and loyalty app in India this year. “The platform will allow you to make payments from your phone and allow you to participate in the My Starbucks Rewards programme through your phone,” the coffee chain’s Sumitro Ghosh told Business Standard. Mobile payments now account for nearly one in four transactions made across the company’s US locations.

    Samsung Pay adds membership and loyalty cards in the US

    May 19th, 2016

    Samsung Pay users across the US can now add their merchant membership and loyalty cards to the mobile payment service and receive savings, rewards and other offers by having a card’s barcode scanned by the cashier at the point of sale. More

    Android Pay launches in the UK

    May 18th, 2016

    Google has launched its Android Pay mobile payment service across the UK, allowing consumers to make payments at any contactless terminal with a tap of their Android handset. The service launches with support from MasterCard, Visa and eight British banks, “with new banks being added all the time,” the company says. More

    Singtel Dash mobile payments service adds NFC transit

    May 10th, 2016

    Singapore mobile network operator Singtel has made NFC transport payments and top-ups available through its Singtel Dash mobile payments platform. Deals and rewards have also been added as well as overseas money transfers.  More

    Sweatcoin pays Brits to get fit

    May 6th, 2016

    UK consumers will soon be rewarded whenever they are physically active with Sweatcoin — a virtual currency that can be earned by exercising and then exchanged at select retailers via a mobile app set to launch next week. “Sweatcoin offers one coin for every 1,000 steps,” Reuters reports. “Within weeks, users can have enough to exchange for fitness products or services in its marketplace. Rewards include Vivobarefoot running shoes, Kumira infra-red clothing and fitness classes from Wonderush or BoomCycle.”

    Kohl’s integrates Apple Pay with reward points

    May 5th, 2016

    Customers at approximately 250 branches of US department store chain Kohl’s can now earn Yes2You Rewards loyalty points when they use Apple Pay to pay for their purchases at the checkout with a Kohl’s Charge card. More

    PayPal CEO announces NFC payments expansion

    April 29th, 2016

    Vodafone Wallet with PayPal NFC-enabled payments is now live in Spain and is expected to be made available across Europe throughout the “back half of 2016”, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman revealed during the company’s Q1 earnings call.  More

    UK restaurants and bars roll out Z-Beacon technology

    April 21st, 2016

    More than 1,000 restaurants, bars and pubs across the UK are deploying Z-Beacon, a new platform developed by QR code-based mobile payments provider Zapper. The platform uses Bluetooth Low Energy beacons to send out personalised messages, offers and rewards to customers’ mobile devices. Restaurant chain CAU is among the companies installing the technology and has rolled out Z-Beacon to all 17 of its locations across the UK.

    Apple Pay launches in Singapore

    April 19th, 2016

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Singapore, letting consumers pay in store with compatible Apple devices and make purchases within participating mobile apps using their American Express cards, with support from Visa expected “soon”…. More

    Verizon gives 2GB of free data to Android Pay users

    April 15th, 2016

    Android Pay users across the US with a Verizon handset can get 2GB of free data when they make in-store purchases using the mobile payments service between now and mid-June. More

    Dutch gas stations enable mobile payments with MyOrder

    April 14th, 2016

    Motorists will be able to order and pay in advance for fuel at 220 Tamoil gas stations in the Netherlands from this summer using their smartphone and a new mobile refuelling feature enabled through MyOrder… More

    Barclays goes live with Apple Pay in the UK

    April 5th, 2016

    Barclays bank debit cardholders and Barclaycard credit cardholders can now use Apple Pay to make mobile payments, nine months after the service launched in the UK without the participation of the ‘big four’ bank. “The… More

    Samsung Pay hands out US$30 gift cards to S7 users

    March 14th, 2016

    US consumers who make their first purchase using Samsung Pay on a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge device this month are being offered a gift card worth US$30 from one of five selected Samsung Pay merchants — Best Buy, eBay, Whole Foods, Nike or Regal Cinema. More

    Fido Bank launches HCE mobile payments in Ukraine

    March 10th, 2016

    Consumers across Ukraine can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using The Pay, a new service launched by Fido Bank in partnership with mobile wallet platform provider PriNum. The service is the… More

    People’s United Bank adds Samsung Pay

    March 9th, 2016

    Customers of People’s United Bank in the US can now add their debit cards to Samsung Pay. “Samsung Pay’s wide acceptance and security are a perfect fit for the chip-enabled People’s United MasterCard debit card, which also includes a cash back Prewards program, identity theft alerts and price protection for qualifying purchases,” says the bank’s Ted Josephson.

    Suretap goes live with loyalty

    March 9th, 2016

    Users of the Suretap NFC mobile wallet can now earn and redeem loyalty points as a result of a partnership between the Canadian mobile wallet provider and the Points loyalty network announced in November 2015. “More than 20 popular loyalty programs, including seven of the top 10 programs in Canada, are now available with Suretap,” the company says. “Suretap has almost 1m downloads.” Suretap launched as an independent company in June 2015.

    ExxonMobil rolls out Apple Pay at the pump

    March 9th, 2016

    Motorists across the US can now pay for their fuel at the pump at more than 6,000 ExxonMobil gas stations using Apple Pay and the fuel retailer’s Speedpass+ mobile payment app. The oil and gas company plans to expand the app’s availability to more than 8,000 locations by mid-year. More

    CU Wallet offers Mogl cashbacks

    March 7th, 2016

    The 120 credit unions using the CU Wallet platform to support their mobile payment services can now offer customers up to 30% cashback on purchases at “thousands of merchants” through rewards program provider Mogl. “The CU Wallet platform will integrate Mogl offers into its application’s central directory that currently supports thousands of customer-specific discounts and loyalty incentives,” CU Wallet says.

    Amex patent turns reward points into virtual currency

    March 7th, 2016

    American Express is exploring a system that would let its customers use reward points for purchases in third-party digital wallets, according to a newly published patent application. “This system, method and computer program may allow certain transaction account holders to directly pay with their loyalty points in any third-party digital wallet,” the patent says. “Utilizing the system, transaction account holders may earn one or more points for virtually every dollar charged on eligible, enrolled transaction accounts and then redeem their points for a wide array of rewards, including merchandise or travel.”

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